Jonathan Kaplan

Jonathan Kaplan

NYU grad and 40-episode ER producer-director Jonathan Kaplan began his career at Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, moving on to AIP and the majors with acclaimed films like Over the EdgeHeart Like a Wheel and The Accused, which won Jodie Foster a Best actress Oscar. His iconic action credits include Truck TurnerWhite Line Fever and Unlawful Entry. Jonathan is the son of film composer Sol Kaplan and nephew of actor Van Heflin.

Proudly continuing his career trajectory toward The News in Welsh, Kaplan has just wrapped a basic cable “Jiggle Show” where all the men who audition [and there are only young men] must do so topless so the Network can determine if the boys are sufficiently “ripped” to be rewarded the role. Kaplan says, in keeping with his credo that one should learn something from every gig: ”I can confidently report that 6-out-of-10 actors under 30 clearly prefer Calvin Klein.”

Commentaries by Jonathan Kaplan

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The Big Heat

1953
Columbia
Homicide cop Glenn Ford visits destruction on every woman he meets while avenging...
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Key Largo

1948
Warner Bros.
Set mainly in a broken down hotel in storm-swept Key Largo, Florida, John Huston’s 1948 film...
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El Dorado

1966
Paramount
The second entry in Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo trilogy is a virtual remake, ostensibly...
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The Slams

1973
MGM
Jim Brown goes over the wall to flash with a million dollar stash!” The...
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White Line Fever

1975
Columbia
Director Jonathan Kaplan followed up his knockout Truck Turner with this slam-bang 1975...
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The Prowler

1951
United Artists
The American Dream gets drop kicked in Joseph Losey’s existential thriller about a psycho...
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Key Largo

1948
Warner Bros.
Edward G Robinson was reluctant to play another gangster but John Huston talked him...
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Mr. Billion

1977
20th Century Fox
Jonathan Kaplan gives us a brutally honest chronicle of his ill-fated attempt to transform...
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Night Call Nurses

1972
New World
Jonathan Kaplan relives his frenetic directorial debut on the third of New World’s...
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